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Cistus creticus

Cretan rock rose

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Cistus creticus

Cretan rock rose

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  • 2 litre pot
  • £16.99
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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to July
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)

    A succession of papery, purplish-pink flowers appear just above the evergreen foliage from early to midsummer on this compact, sun-loving shrub. It is ideal for a small, sheltered border, but it will also flourish when potted up and placed on a sunny patio. An excellent choice for chalky soils or warm, coastal areas, it's said that the leaves have been used for centuries in Crete to create an aromatic tea.

  • Garden care: After flowering, pinch back young plants to encourage a bushy habit. Lightly trim or cut back any stems that spoil the symmetry of the plant. It benefits from a liquid feed after flowering. Plant in a sheltered spot and avoid winter wet.